Aguas Calientes

It would be impossible to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Machu Picchu without staying in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo, the town at the foot of this world-renowned icon. Truth be told, Aguas Calientes is quite an expensive town with numerous posh hotels to choose from. If budget is not an issue, then there’s no problem. You can go to the populars such as Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Tierra Viva Machu Picchu, Hotel La Cabana Machu Picchu, El MaPi…Continue Reading “Where to Stay in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) on a Budget”

Batad

Initial publication: March 14, 2010; Updated July 28, 2017. Nothing beats waking up in the morning on the sweet sound of the chirping birds, on the fresh breeze of the mountain air and on the majestic view of rice terraces! Nothing beats waking up in the morning in Batad! A village of Banaue in the province of Ifugao, Batad is famous for its amphiteater-like rice terraces, one of the five clusters of rice terraces in Ifugao that are inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site…Continue Reading “Travel Guide to Batad, Banaue 2017: How to Go, What to Do, Sample Itinerary, Budget & More”

Tinago Falls

Tinago Falls Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte Tucked in between Barangay Purakan of the town of Linamon and Barangay Ditucalan of Iligan City is  Tinago Falls, Lanao del Norte’s prime icon. Geographically speaking, it is still within the vicinity of Iligan City, home to at least twenty-four waterfalls making the moniker “City of Majestic Waterfalls” very fitting. Tinago Falls is perhaps the most beautiful and among the most prominent (along with Maria Cristina Falls) of all waterfalls of Iligan City. Its name is…Continue Reading “Snapshot: The Revealing Beauty of Tinago Falls”

Cinemalaya 2017

Twenty-one competing films, twenty-one different stories… in one big event. Are you ready to “See the Big Picture” at Cinemalaya 2017? Now on its thirteenth year, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is proud to present nine full length and twelve short films for this year’s competition that will run from August 5 to 13. Plan your schedule wisely. Here is the list of all competing films with synopsis and screening schedule at Cultural Center of the Philippines, Greenbelt 1 and Glorietta 4, Trinoma and  UP Town…Continue Reading “Cinemalaya 2017: See the Big Picture (Films, Synopsis, Screening Schedule & Ticket Information)”

Quitinday Falls

If the image above isn’t thrilling, what is? Despite the similarity in name with Quitinday Hills of Camalig, Quitinday Falls and Underground River is kilometers away and located in different town of Albay. Local’s say that it is their version of Palawan Underground River and Cebu’s Kawasan Falls rolled into one but I must say that it is beautifully unique but equally magical and thrilling. Located in the town of Jovellar of Albay Province, Quitinday Falls and Underground River recently gained attention via social media…Continue Reading “Quitinday Falls and Underground River of Jovellar, Albay”

Mount Fuji

At 3,776 meters above sea level, Mount Fujisan or simply Mount Fuji is the highest in Japan. It is in fact considered as an active volcano with last recorded eruption more than three centuries ago. It is one of Japan’s three sacred mountains and considered as a pilgrimage site. No wonder thousands of mountaineers and pilgrims hike its summit every year. The summit is covered with snow during winter and most of spring and autumn, but dry during summer which usually falls from the months…Continue Reading “Mount Fuji Climb: Overnight DIY Itinerary from Tokyo”